An amazing new wave of medical and manufacturing creations is coming, thanks to some of the very smart people in the 3D lab at the University of Texas School of Mechanical Engineering. Sometimes though, it is easier to invent something than actually make it and market it. Now, there is a new marriage between the creators and the business people who can make it happen, to everyone’s benefit.
The recent and successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public’s imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are, dare I say, cool again.
I’ve never seen a flood of interest as we have enjoyed recently. This is a great thing; I love the idea that innovators the world over, from almost every discipline and industry, are carefully researching and ultimately choosing to pursue opportunities in the device field. We need all the help we can get.